It always remains a question for Database Administrators on how to backup data easily and accurately. As, often it has been observed that DBA choose the wrong method to backup files and when they recovered it, the files are not completely retrieved. Most of the DBA’s use Online File backup and this is where the problem starts. Understanding the type of backup is necessary before going for it

In Online File backup the Exchange Server remains in an active state. So when the backup is going on users are also making changes to the file. Thus it does not back up all the files and those which get backup do not have complete data. So, it is completely irrelevant. You can either choose the NTBackup method that lets you save all the files and make the recovery process easier.

One thing to remember while using NTBackup method is files that are to be saved. We should first decide which files to backup the important files include Mailbox, system status, under Exchange server with storage folders.

Steps to Backup Exchange Server with NTBackup

  • Log in to the Exchange Server and go to Start
  • Launch the Run window and type ntbackup click on OK
  • The backup wizard will open, click on the tab ‘Backup’
  • In the next window, the whole system and Exchange Server directory will open
  • Expand the C: drive and move to program files>> Microsoft>> Exchange Server and select all the files under Exchange Server folder except storage groups
  • After that select, the System State drive too and then move to Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Move to Microsoft Information Store and then select all the storage groups displayed in the directory
  • Next select the backup destination to store it in a local drive, external drive or network drive
  • Click on the Browse button to select the folder in the drive to save .bak file
  • Click on Start Backup button and then a new window will open
  • Give a name to the backup and select option in case media already exists
  • You can choose from ‘Append This backup to the Media’ or ‘Replace data on Media’
  • Click on Start backup button and the backup will start
  • There is also an option to schedule backup
  • The Exchange server will be back up and saved as .bak file in destination folder.

Thus Experts recommend this backup as one of the best methods. You can try the NTbackup method and create the backup of Exchange Server.